David Mark - Author

About the Author

David Mark was a journalist for over fifteen years, including seven years as a crime reporter with the Yorkshire Post in its Hull office. Original Skin is his second novel, and the follow-up to his critically acclaimed bestselling debut and 2012 Richard and Judy Book Club pick, Dark Winter. He lives in Lincolnshire with his family.

 

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Featured books by David Mark

Cold Bones The 8th DS McAvoy Novel

Cold Bones The 8th DS McAvoy Novel

Author: David Mark Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/10/2019

It's the coldest winter in Hull for years. When McAvoy is told by a concerned stranger that an elderly woman hasn't been seen for a few days, he goes to check on her - only to find her in the bath, encased in ice: the heating off; the windows open; the whole house frozen over. It could be a macabre accident, but McAvoy senses murder. Someone watched her die. As he starts to uncover the victim's story and her connections to a lost fishing trawler, his boss Trish is half a world away, investigating a mysterious death in Iceland. Hull and Iceland have traditionally been united by fishing - in this case, they are linked by a secret concealed for half a century, and a series of brutal killings that have never been connected. Until now - when the secrets of the dead have returned to prey on the living.

Cold Bones

Cold Bones

Author: David Mark Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/01/2019

It's the coldest winter in Hull for years. When McAvoy is told by a concerned stranger that an elderly woman hasn't been seen for a few days, he goes to check on her - only to find her in the bath, encased in ice: the heating off; the windows open; the whole house frozen over. It could be a macabre accident, but McAvoy senses murder. Someone watched her die. As he starts to uncover the victim's story and her connections to a lost fishing trawler, his boss Trish is half a world away, investigating a mysterious death in Iceland. Hull and Iceland have traditionally been united by fishing - in this case, they are linked by a secret concealed for half a century, and a series of brutal killings that have never been connected. Until now - when the secrets of the dead have returned to prey on the living.

Scorched Earth

Scorched Earth

Author: David Mark Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/09/2018

Detective McAvoy investigates a murder and a missing person case in this dark and compelling thriller, for fans of Stuart MacBride and Peter May. The police think Crystal Heathers isn't missing. The trainee detective assigned to the case isn't so sure. McAvoy thinks someone was being held at the derelict building where they just found a body pinned to the wall...and that all the signs point to it being a little girl. But why would anyone not report a kidnapping? And how far would someone go to get revenge? The case will test McAvoy to breaking point - as the crimes of the present lead him to a final violent confrontation with an enemy from his own past.

Original Skin

Original Skin

Author: David Mark Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/10/2017

He squints his eyes against the glare on the glossy page. Knows, even before the image swims into focus, that the picture will be of a skinny young man with peacock feathers on his back, and a fleshy girl with blossoms and lilies upon her shoulder. Simon Appleyard and Suzie Devlin are two pleasure seekers defined by their flamboyant tattoos. Their lust for life is matched only by their hunger for taboo pleasures - a lifestyle that has just made them the deadliest enemy imaginable. DS Aector McAvoy has been a marked man all his life. A policeman with scars to his body and career, his fate will become linked with that of Simon and Suzie as painfully and intricately as tattooed markings on virgin skin.

eBooks of the Month
Dark Winter

Dark Winter

Author: David Mark Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/10/2017

Best selling author David Mark thrills with this fabulous start to his series of DS McAvoy novels. He writes with an assured hand and produces biting, stimulating reads that I can highly recommend. Books in The DS McAvoy Series: 1. Dark Winter 2. Original Skin 3. Sorrow Bound 4. Taking Pity 5. Dead Pretty 6. Cruel Mercy 7. Scorched Eath 8. Cold Bones Serial Reader? Check out our 'Fall in Love With a Book Series' collection to find amazing book series to dive in to.

Sorrow Bound

Sorrow Bound

Author: David Mark Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/10/2017

NO GOOD DEED GOES UNPUNISHED - THE THIRD DS AECTOR MCAVOY THRILLER FROM THE AUTHOR OF DARK WINTER. Philippa Longman did what we all aim to do. She did the right thing. She's about to pay for it with her life... DS McAvoy has spent his career playing by the rules. He has the scars to show for it. And his latest case will take him into a world in which good intentions make no difference to those with a thirst for revenge... Where ruthless killers go to any lengths to get their way... And where the most powerful thing anyone can do is stand firm against the darkness. Hooked on Hull? Then check out the fourth instalment in the DS McAvoy series, Taking Pity...

Taking Pity

Taking Pity

Author: David Mark Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/10/2017

DS AECTOR MCAVOY BOOK FOUR: TAKING PITY TAKES READERS FURTHER ONTO THE STREETS OF HULL. DS Aector McAvoy's family is in hiding. He has lost his way. His boss Trish Pharaoh gives him a distraction in the form of an old case. The Winn family was killed forty years ago: were the police right about who pulled the trigger? But McAvoy's enemies - the ruthless criminal organisation known as the Headhunters - are pitiless. They plan to take everything from those that stand in their way. And his cold case is strangely linked with the fire that's about to rain down on Hull... When McAvoy confronts the worst of killers and sinners, not everyone will escape unscathed. Hooked on Hull? Then check out the fifth instalment in the DS McAvoy series, Dead Pretty...

Cruel Mercy

Cruel Mercy

Author: David Mark Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/10/2017

DS Aector McAvoy's brother-in-law Valentine is missing. In New York City, half the world away. And the two men he travelled with have just been found in an open grave upstate: one dead, one as good as. McAvoy doesn't believe Valentine killed them. He does believe he's in trouble. And so he follows him to New York, determined to find out what happened. But Valentine is in more danger than McAvoy could have imagined. And McAvoy's walking into it right after him: into the darkness of murder, revenge, and a forty-year-old crime...

Dead Pretty The 5th DS McAvoy Novel

Dead Pretty The 5th DS McAvoy Novel

Author: David Mark Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/01/2016

Longlisted for the CWA Goldsboro Gold Dagger 2016. ‘Dead Pretty’ is a distinctive, stimulating and provocative read. This is the fifth DS McAvoy novel, but my first, it’s wonderful when you come across a new author and find their books are right up your ever so slightly twisted alley. DS McAvoy is a rock solid mountain of a man and most definitely someone you would want on your side. The policing team have previously taken a bit of a battering, but there is no rest for the wicked as a murder investigation is next on their list. This story doesn't just capture your attention, it also stamps up and down all over it. At times there is a biting sparsity to the writing, at others the descriptive detailing surprises and almost forces you to stop and think, so you can imagine the gangs of words all together in the flesh. David Mark releases enough information to allow your suspicions to be released and wander about on the smug side, but is still capable of deviously lopping off their legs with an unexpected hit. So, excuse me while I rush off to read the first four in the series and then wait impatiently for the next!

Dead Pretty The 5th DS McAvoy novel from the Richard & Judy bestselling author

Dead Pretty The 5th DS McAvoy novel from the Richard & Judy bestselling author

Author: David Mark Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/08/2016

The fifth novel in the DS McAvoy series by bestselling author David Mark, perfect for fans of Val McDermid and Peter Robinson. Hannah Kelly has been missing for nine months. Ava Delaney has been dead for five days. One girl to find. One girl to avenge. And DS Aector McAvoy won't let either of them go until justice can be done. But some people have their own ideas of what justice means... DEAD PRETTY is the stunning new novel from one of Britain's most original crime writers.

Other books by David Mark

Cages

Cages

Author: David Mark Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/04/2022

A dark past. A terrifying secret. A deadly game is about to begin . . . Washed-up author Rufus Orton needs money. It's the main reason he takes the gig teaching creative writing to inmates at HMP Holderness. That, and the flattery of prison officer Annabeth Harris, who contacted him out of the blue and begged him to take the job. Annabeth loves Rufus' work. Genuinely. She loves being a prison officer too. But Annabeth is keeping a secret. Fifteen years ago she did something bad, and if it ever comes out, her new, perfect life will be destroyed. HMP resident Griffin Cox has no black marks against his name. He claims he's been wrongly convicted of the sex offence that put him in prison. He's lying. He has a plan - and everything hinges on him securing a place in the classroom with Rufus and Annabeth. It's only then that the game can begin . . . Dark, twisted and gripping, CAGES is an addictive psychological thriller from a master of the genre (Kirkus Reviews). If you enjoy disturbing, charismatic criminals like Hannibal Lector and Patrick Bateman, you'll love Griffin Cox.

Anatomy of a Heretic

Anatomy of a Heretic

Author: David Mark Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/04/2022

Two assassins go head-to-head on the open seas in this gripping new historical thriller from Sunday Times bestselling author David Mark.London, 1628. Nicolaes de Pelgrom, assassin and devoted servant of George Villiers, will do whatever his master asks of him - even if that means enduring the perilous voyage to the Indies to exact a grieving widow's revenge. Making that same journey is Jeronimus Cornelisz, a conniving apothecary determined to escape the backstreets of Amsterdam and become rich beyond imagination. Hired by a criminal mastermind to escort precious cargo to the Indies, he will kill anyone who stands in his way. When these assassins clash, so too do their missions. One cannot succeed without killing the other. In this deadly game, who will triumph and who will die? And are they even the only players? Praise for David Mark: 'Dark, compelling crime writing of the highest order' DAILY MAIL 'Breathtaking' PETER MAY 'Truly exhilarating and inventive. Mark is a wonderfully descriptive writer' PETER JAMES

Blind Justice

Blind Justice

Author: David Mark Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/03/2022

DS Aector McAvoy investigates his darkest, most brutal case yet The call comes in before DS Aector McAvoy has had time for breakfast. The news is bad: A body. Found in the woods out at Brantingham. The reality is even worse. The young man's mutilated corpse lies tangled in the roots of a newly fallen tree, two silver Roman coins nailed through his sightless eyes. Who would torture their victim in such a brutal manner - and why? DS McAvoy makes the victim a promise: I will find answers. You will know justice. But justice always comes at a cost, and this time it may be McAvoy's own family who pay the price. David Mark brings Hull to dark, brutal life in this gripping novel in the critically acclaimed DS McAvoy series - a perfect pick for fans of Denise Mina, Val McDermid and Peter Robinson.

Darkness Falls

Darkness Falls

Author: David Mark Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/11/2021

Read the prequel to the Sunday Times bestseller Dark Winter, where DS Aector McAvoy's journey began... A city united in grief. A journalist ready to kill to keep his secrets. A copper capable of darker deeds than murderers. An unworldly detective fighting to save an innocent man. Welcome to HullNewly appointed DS McAvoy is an outsider to his new force and must confront his darkest fears, while hunting a killer that nobody else believes in. In a landscape at once tender and brutal, McAvoy must tread the path between the darkness and the light, before facing an enemy who will brand him for life. Praise for David Mark: 'Dark, compelling crime writing of the highest order' DAILY MAIL 'Breathtaking' PETER MAY 'Truly exhilarating and inventive. Mark is a wonderfully descriptive writer' PETER JAMES 'Brilliantly written - a cracking story' RICHARD MADELEY, Richard and Judy Book Club 'Exceptional... Mark is writing at the top of his game' PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, Starred Review 'A master of the dark psychological thriller' KIRKUS

Suspicious Minds

Suspicious Minds

Author: David Mark Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/10/2021

When you're dreaming, it's dangerous to wake up . . . An addictive psychological thriller from David Mark, currently writing at the top of his game (Publishers Weekly) Liz Zahavi is desperate. Desperate for her controlling partner, Jay, to stay with her, to actually love her. Desperate to be well again, after a recent diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder. Desperate to be understood. Private therapy seems like the answer to her prayers, but Liz doesn't even make it to her first appointment. Lost in a maze of country roads, she crashes her car, only to be rescued by a brooding local farmer . . . who just keeps on rescuing her. Attractive and intense, Jude is a dream, and Liz doesn't want to wake up. But four years ago, Jude's perfect, pretty wife died alone in the woods near their house. And as Jude's past boils into the present, threatening to destroy their new happiness, Liz begins to wonder what exactly her new man is capable of . . . and how far he's willing to go.

Past Life

Past Life

Author: David Mark Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/09/2021

DS Aector McAvoy must face the dark, disturbing secrets of his past if he's to keep his family safe. The clairvoyant is found with her tongue crudely carved out, a shard of blue crystal buried deep within her mangled ribcage. The crime scene plunges DS Aector McAvoy back twelve years, to a case from when he was starting out. An investigation that proved a turning point in his life - but one he's tried desperately to forget. To catch the killer, he must face his past. Face the terrible thing he did. But doing so also means facing the truth about his beloved wife Roisin, and the dark secrets she's keeping have the power to destroy them both completely. David Mark brings Hull to dark, brutal life in this gripping novel in the critically acclaimed DS McAvoy series - a perfect pick for fans of Denise Mina, Val McDermid and Peter Robinson.

The Guest House

The Guest House

Author: David Mark Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/07/2021

How much would you pay to survive? Mum-of-three Ronni Ashcroft had just pieced her life back together after her husband left. On a remote spur of the Scottish Highlands, she kept her successful guest house going and even met a new man, Bishop. But it turned out that Bishop had secrets. He had shady connections and shadier plans to use the coastal town as a European gateway for drugs, guns - and something far worse. Now he's disappeared, and Ronnie wants answers. Is he in trouble or simply ignoring her? Was she just his play-thing from the start? And, most importantly, is he dragging them both into something that neither of them will survive? Praise for David Mark: 'Dark, compelling crime writing of the highest order' DAILY MAIL 'Breathtaking' PETER MAY 'Truly exhilarating and inventive. Mark is a wonderfully descriptive writer' PETER JAMES

A Mother's Heart

A Mother's Heart

Author: David Mark Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/07/2021

A Mother's Heart by David Mark

Into the Woods

Into the Woods

Author: David Mark Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/04/2021

If you go into the woods, you're in for a dark surprise. Thirty years ago, three girls followed a stranger into the woods. Only two returned. The surviving pair have never been able to remember what happened or what the fate of the third girl was. Local rumours talk of hippies and drugs and mystic rituals, but no one has learned the truth. This story is just what Rowan Blake needs. He's in debt, his journalistic career is in tatters - as well as his damaged body - and he's retreated to the Lake District to write. Yet even Rowan isn't prepared for the evil he is about to unearth, for the secrets that have been buried in that wood for far too long... Praise for David Mark: 'Dark, compelling crime writing of the highest order' DAILY MAIL 'Breathtaking' PETER MAY 'Truly exhilarating and inventive. Mark is a wonderfully descriptive writer' PETER JAMES 'Brilliantly written - a cracking story' RICHARD MADELEY, Richard and Judy Book Club 'To call Mark's novels police procedurals is like calling the Mona Lisa a pretty painting. Beautifully crafted, filled with flashbacks, horror, angst, and chilling detail' KIRKUS REVIEWS 'Exceptional... Mark is writing at the top of his game' PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, Starred Review 'A master of the dark psychological thriller' KIRKUS

A Rush of Blood

A Rush of Blood

Author: David Mark Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/10/2020

Ten-year-old Hilda's search for her missing friend has terrible consequences in this gripping psychological thriller. When her friend Meda fails to turn up for dance class one evening, 10-year-old Hilda is convinced that something bad has happened to her, despite Meda's family's reassurances. Unable to shake off her concerns, Hilda turns to her mother, Molly, for help. Molly runs the Jolly Bonnet, a pub with links to the Whitechapel murders of a century before and a meeting place for an assortment of eccentrics drawn to its warm embrace. Among them is Lottie. Pathologist by day, vlogger by night, Lottie enlists the help of her army of online fans - and uncovers evidence that Meda isn't the first young girl to go missing. But Molly and Lottie's investigations attract unwelcome attention. Two worlds are about to collide in a terrifying game of cat and mouse played out on the rain-lashed streets of London's East End, a historic neighbourhood that has run red with the blood of innocents for centuries.

The Burying Ground

The Burying Ground

Author: David Mark Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/08/2020

'Mark is a wonderfully descriptive writer' Peter James Cumbria, 1967. Grieving the loss of her son, Cordelia Hemlock is in the village graveyard when lightning strikes a tomb, giving her a glimpse of a fresh corpse that doesn't belong among the crumbling bones. But when the body vanishes, the authorities refuse to believe her, a relative newcomer to rural and ancient Upper Denton. Cordelia persuades Felicity, her new friend from the village and the only other person to have seen the corpse, to join her unofficial investigation. But the other villagers don't take kindly to their interference. There are those who believe the village's secrets should remain buried . . . whatever the cost.

Borrowed Time

Borrowed Time

Author: David Mark Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/03/2020

Adam Nunn's search for his true identity has horrifying consequences in this compelling psychological thriller. A badly mutilated body has been discovered in a remote woodland pond on the Essex borders - a location known to be the haunt of the ruthless crime gang that ruled London in the 70s. When one of the victim's hands is found nearby, forensic tests reveal a number scrawled on the palm. It is quickly identified as the National Insurance number of struggling family man Adam Nunn. As Adam is arrested in connection with the murder, it emerges that the dead man was a private investigator he had hired to find out the identity of his birth parents. Just what did Larry Paris discover that got him killed? As Adam seeks the truth surrounding his origins and promises justice for the mother he never knew, he is drawn into a lurid criminal world of violence and violation, reprisal and merciless death. Torn between the man he wants to be and the man he fears becoming, Adam's investigations will lead him ever deeper into darkness.

The Mausoleum

The Mausoleum

Author: David Mark Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/01/2020

Exceptional . Mark is writing at the top of his game - Publishers Weekly Starred Review When lightning strikes an ancient crypt, it exposes a devastating wartime secret in this compelling psychological thriller. 1967. In a quiet village in the wild lands of the Scottish borders, disgraced academic Cordelia Hemlock is trying to put her life back together. Grieving the loss of her son, she seeks out the company of the dead, taking comfort amid the ancient headstones and crypts of the local churchyard. When lightning strikes a tumbledown tomb, she glimpses a corpse that doesn't belong among the crumbling bones. But when the storm passes and the body vanishes, the authorities refuse to believe the claims of a hysterical 'outsider'. Teaming up with a reluctant witness, local woman Felicity Goose, Cordelia's enquiries all lead back to a former POW camp that was set up in the village during the Second World War. But not all Gilsland's residents welcome the two young women's interference. There are those who believe the village's secrets should remain buried . whatever the cost.

Fire of Lies

Fire of Lies

Author: David Mark Format: Ebook Release Date: 06/10/2016

A gripping new short story in the DS McAvoy series by David Mark, bestselling author of the Richard & Judy pick DARK WINTER. Eight months ago, there was a body in the barrel. Now there's just a mess.DS Aector McAvoy's latest case is proving a hard one to crack.Back in November, Paul Rouse was shot, welded into a beer barrel and sent floating down the Humber. The barrel's been traced to riverside pub The Trawl. It's the kind of place where the locals have plenty of secrets to keep. None of them are talking.To anyone else, the case would be a dead end.But McAvoy always finds a way...Fire of Lies introduces gentle giant McAvoy, his fierce boss Trish, and characters you'd only ever meet in a David Mark novel. It's Hullishly good.

Erbarme dich unser. McAvoys vierter Fall

Erbarme dich unser. McAvoys vierter Fall

Author: David Mark Format: Ebook Release Date: 14/03/2016

Seit dem Anschlag auf Detective Aector McAvoys Familie lebt seine Frau Roisin getrennt von ihm in einem Versteck. McAvoy kummert sich hingebungsvoll um seinen Sohn - nur er ist ihm von seinem alten Leben noch geblieben. Er lebt in einer heruntergekommenen Pension, zur Arbeit geht er nicht mehr. Doch seine Vorgesetzte Trish Pharaoh lasst nicht zu, dass ihr bester Mann sich vor dem Leben versteckt. Nur er kann ihr helfen, einen jahrzehntealten Fall zu losen. Gerade rechtzeitig kommt McAvoy zuruck. Denn seine Frau ist bei weitem nicht so sicher, wie er glaubt ...

Bad Death

Bad Death

Author: David Mark Format: Ebook Release Date: 03/12/2015

A gripping short story in the DS McAvoy series by David Mark, bestselling author of the Richard & Judy pick DARK WINTER. A Bad Death takes place between books 4 and 5 in the DS McAvoy series,Taking Pity and Dead Pretty. Will Blaylock died while on day release from prison. It was a bad death. But accidents will happen. Detective Sergeant McAvoy isn't convinced, though. And he owes a debt to Will's cellmate Owen Swainson: a debt formed in blood and fear when they came together to catch a killer. But their search for a murderer will rip open old wounds, and force old enemies out of hiding...

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